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Spotlight on Morayfield 2018

Our Morayfield team have a bevy of great reads for you to add to your TBR this week!

The Secrets At Ocean's Edge by Kali Napier:

As a huge fan of historical fiction, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new novel by Kali Napier. Set during the depression, this novel follows the challenges the Hass family face when the lose the family farm in the depression and have to relocate. The family opens a guesthouse on the ocean, and try to create a new life. However, their family secrets are not far behind; will they be able to keep their past from ruining their future?
This novel tackles important issues from the age, including PTSD in soldiers back from the war, the struggles of living through the depression and the darker side of Australia's history of racial segregation and discrimination.
I found that The Secrets at Ocean's Edge transported me into historical Australia in a way only the best writers can, opening my eyes to a world gone by. You can feel the tension in the strained marriage of Ernie and Lily, and the desire to create a new life by the ocean, the desperation of trying to make ends meet in the depression, and the views of a young girl when her world is changing.
This is a novel with characters full of depth and intrigue, a plot full of family drama and duty, hierarchical battles in society, and the traumas of a soldier home from the Great War. Napier tackles big issues, which she writes about with empathy and sensitivity, and draws your heart into feeling the journey with the family. I found myself completely engrossed from the first chapter, and have been recommending it madly to everyone I know.
If you liked The Light Between Oceans, if you like Sara Donati, if you like any Australian or historical fiction, then you will love this book! - Coreena

The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie:

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved, they are hated, and in two years they are dead. The graphic novel dream team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods.

The first volume is told through the eyes of Pantheon super-fan Laura. There is a murder, for which one of the gods, Lucifer, is framed and sent to jail. Laura is enlisted by Lucifer to find out who framed her and prove her innocence.

The authors have done a wonderful job of creating a diverse cast of characters where each one is completely unique and with their own distinct personality. There are some you love, some you hate and some you love to hate. But what I like most about this graphic novel is the absolutely stunning art work. The line work is clean and full of beautiful detail while the colours are gorgeously vibrant, together they bring the story of the Pantheon to life. - Zoe

Force of Nature by Jane Harper:

This book is the newest one by Jane Harper, who has won many awards. All I can say is wow, what a great book this is! It is a gripping mystery crime novel that is full of many secrets.
Alice Russell has been working with Federal Agent Aaron Falk to bring down a potential fraud in the accountancy firm of Bailey Tennants. Alice joins four other colleges in the Bailey Tennants company and set off in the bush on a three-day hike as apart of a corporate team building exercise. However only four return. Has Alice blown her cover?
It will catch you completely off guard when you find out who was left responsible for the missing person. See if you can guess right.
The structure of this novel moves back and forth between Falk’s present day of the investigation and the story of the five girls during their hike. I found this very effective as it grabbed you in at the start and you won’t be able to put it down. - Danielle

Dresden Files 1: Storm Front by Jim Butcher:

The author Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles, he is also a skilled rider and also enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies, and live-action gaming.
But what Jim Butcher is actually known for is his urban fantasy series starring a wise cracking wizard detective and the Chicago Police Department, this series is known as The Dresden Files which all began with Storm Front.
This book series lead to the TV Adaption, The Dresden Files which aired in 2007.
Storm Front follows the wisecracking wizard detective Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, into the bowels of Chicago where magic is currently being used to terrify and murder people. Harry Dresden being the only practicing wizard detective is called in to check out a crime scene and from there everything starts to unfold page by page. Harry being unable to get a simple job from clients and being unable to pay for his rent, he is suddenly swamped by a Missing Person and a Murderous Wizard. Think of this book as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter!
Before I conclude, I’ll leave you with this……..
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting. Magic. It can get a guy killed.
Thank you all for reading this, I hope to see you in store and point you in the right direction to this fantastic series! - Joshua

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Lee Dugard:

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at the age of 11 in Lake Tahoe, California and held captive for 18 years by Phillip Garrido who repeatedly raped her. Jaycee also had to bear two of his children. She was miraculously freed in 2009 at the age of 29.

In her book, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced including how she feels now a year later. It is an honest telling of what those 18 years were like for Jaycee Dugard. It is brilliant that she allowed us to read this story in her own words and not the smooth edited version by a ghost writer. In my opinion, the simple language she used enhanced this book as you can really feel the presence of that young, scared girl. - Katherine

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare:

A delicious mixture of all the fantasy books you can conjure up, Cassandra Clare’s, the mortal instruments brings life a vivid journey you can’t help but be drawn in to. Clary Fray is just your average, angst filled teen yet on her 16th birthday she finds herself thrust in to the dark heart of a world that exists all around her. Yet she’d never known was there. A society where flamboyant warlocks meet level headed werewolves, and at the center are the shadowhunters. A race that’s blessed by angels, sanctioned to protect the human race, and Clary may just be one of them.

While following her journey of self-discovery, it also forces you to consider your own. As, although it may seem like your average fantasy/romance book it encases a plethora of battles every teen must fight to become who they are. The mortal instruments series will sweep you off your feet and play on your mind long after you’ve turned the last page. - Jade

If I Am Missing Or Dead by Janine Latus:

Janine Latus’s enthralling book If I am missing or dead is a compelling story from start to finish. It is about the author’s own sister, whose body was found strangled and bound near her then-boyfriend’s home in Knoxville. This title covers topics that are very present in today’s society, for example the physical and mental abuse both sisters suffered from not only in their childhood, but well into their adulthood too, and the sexualisation both sisters suffered. This book is in Janine Latus’ point of view; highlighting the close relationship she had with her sister Amy, telling both of their stories, from the joy of having a child to the devastation of a dead loved one. This title is great for young adults and although it has some dark undertones, the plot-line is very fascinating and captivating. - Micah

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Spotlight on QBD: Head Office Edition!

Spotlight on QBD is back for 2018, and we thought we'd give you a glimpse into what our online, marketing & buying departments are reading right now!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff:

Trust me. You're welcome. - Nicole, QBD Purchasing Department

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence:

If you love dark stories and corrupt characters then The Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence is right up your gritty alley. Filled with pillaging and violence, this story follows a teenage boy and his band of road brothers as they go on a hunt for revenge, and for some, to sate their blood lust. Even though I can't recommend this book highly enough with its incredible writing and fascinating characters you can't help but cheer for, this isn't a read for the faint-hearted. Prepare yourself to delve into the mind of a boy who has been twisted by death and the truly horrifying events that take place right before his eyes. This is fantasy at it's darkest. - Chelsea, QBD Purchasing Department

Mythos by Stephen Fry:

No one does tragedy, triumph, comedy, seduction and betrayal quite like the Greek Gods. These myths and tales have inspired and influenced us in modern and ancient times alike. With iconic imagery of beauty, deception, trickery, rage and cunning, the stories of the primal pantheon of Gods and Goddesses are sure to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Stephen Fry retells and re imagines the classic misadventures with typical Fry style, injecting his own wit, wisdom and historical accounts of the people of the time. Like a bolt from the hand of Zeus, once you start this book, you will crackle through the pages with anticipation of what will come next. - Lewis, QBD Online Store

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth:

Sally Hepworth is by far my favourite author. Her upcoming anticipicated release The Family Next Door, that is due at the end of this month, is incredible. It is filled with lies and deceit and reveals shocking secrets. I particularly love that you can never pick the ending of Sally's books, you think you know what is going to happen but it turns around into something you never expect.
I wondered if I could love this novel as much as I loved her first one- The Secrets of Midwives and I did!
I highly recommend any of Sally's books, she doesn't disappoint. - Haylee, QBD Online Store

Artemis by Andy Weir:

Despite being very different from Weir's first book, The Martian, I loved Artemis. Full of wise-cracking humour, it features a kick-butt female lead and it's set on the Moon!
Jazz, a lunar porter and part time smuggler, is given an opportunity she can't resist - to earn a lot of money by blowing a few things up. It sounds too good to be true, and it is, with plans going awry and Jazz having a very close encounter with death.
I found Jazz completely relatable and I really hope she features in more books! She's flawed; she makes bad choices and deals with them the best way she knows how - shortcuts! (which often land her in more trouble). It definitely makes for an exciting adventure.
If you are looking for a science fiction novel that is just plain fun to read, you can't go past this book. - Shannon, QBD Marketing Department

You Do You by Sarah Knight:

This book is all about accepting your strengths and flaws and I can honestly say this book motivated me to be myself with a much healthier attitude. Not only is this book motivating, but it will give you a laugh too. This book will encourage you to improve on yourself without changing who you are. The author describes her life situations and how she dealt with it.
Only YOU will decide your pathway and journey on how you proceed life after reading this book.
Throughout the book the author will speak her mind and encourage you how to be yourself, but by putting your self first in everyday living.
If you are in need for motivation or just for a good laugh? This book is the one for you! - Brianna, QBD Online Store

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland:

We’ve already seen so many amazing new Australian authors publish books this year and this is the one I’m most excited for!
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is due for release on the 19th of March and will feature as QBD’s April Book Of The Month.
This is such a beautiful and bittersweet novel that pulled me in so completely with its characters, tragedies and vivid landscapes.
I absolutely loved it! - Kate, QBD Purchasing Department

Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton:

“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn't let weakness live.”

Amani Al-Hiza is a daughter of the desert. In Dustwalk, a dead-end town in the middle of nowhere, folk are intolerant of the poor, orphaned, and female – and unfortunately Amani is all three. She longs for escape – and the chance presents itself when a foreigner with no name and a traitor’s smile blows like a sandstorm through Dustwalk, sweeping Amani up with him on a thrilling race through the desert.

But the desert is full of danger and magic, and the foreigner is not what he seems. Amani gets way more than she bargained for as she’s swept up in a fiery rebellion… and the truth about her own heritage is revealed.

Rebel of the Sands is a highly original, enjoyable beginning to what I think will be a cracking series. It’s big fun, and has all the hallmarks of an excellent fantasy novel – danger, magic, intrigue, and a little romance. Amani is a fierce, whip-smart, and tough – fans of Sarah J Maas or Victoria Aveyard will enjoy her ability to cut down her foes with either a well-aimed bullet or a sarcastic remark. Pick it up if you enjoyed desert-themed fantasies like The Golem And The Djinni or City of Brass. - Sarah, QBD Purchasing Department

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Carousel’s Cracking Christmas Reads!


Relax! Santa and his Carousel team have Christmas all sorted for you this year
- they even did their job early!

Check out these amazing reads - perfect to gift to someone you love (or yourself!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:

The Night Circus is the most magically enchanting book I have ever had the pleasure to read. One that I make a point to read at-least once a year around this time. A stand-alone book that will give you a completely new definition on magic. Join Celia and Marco, two differently gifted individuals competing in a game of chess with the Circus as their game-board and battlegrounds. This book will push your imagination to its limits as Celia and Marco are pushed to theirs. - Nate (aka SANTA)

Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E Feist & Janny Wurts:

Set within the same world as Feist's The Magician, Mara is torn from her impending servitude to the goddess Lashima in order to lead her family's house the Acoma. Only through careful use of diplomacy and tradition can she ensure the survival of her house against ancient feuds and political ambitions. A great read for anyone who is looking for a fantasy book with a strong, intelligent, and three-dimensional female lead. - Belinda (aka RUDOLPH)

The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne:

The Cursed Child presents information about the progressions of our favourite characters that sometimes seem like they deserve to be revealed in a novel written only by J.K. Rowling herself. Despite my initial reactions to fearing what could be done to the memory of these characters and places I cherish so much, I began to open myself up to, not only the screen writing format, but also the warm and heartfelt dialogue which Jack Thorne has contributed to. His writing captures the charming and magical presence of the books that came before The Cursed Child, and though it is difficult to analyse the contributions of each creative influence, the team constructs a story, regardless of medium, that is undoubtedly Harry Potter. The screenplay format offers the communication of the narrative primarily being delivered with dialogue, and through conversation and observation, the story flourished and became visualised like any book (though the stage directions given would often allow me to also imagine it set in the theater, which I had no issue with at all). This allows for a great opportunity to explore characters through each other and not rely on heavy descriptive blocks of text or exposition which some novels fall victim too. The book flows, and is wonderfully easy to read, allowing all the focus to be put into enjoying a continuation of the Harry Potter universe, and becoming a part of again, those characters we all grew up loving. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a screen play meant for theater production, and though I had no chance to witness the play, I am glad I had the opportunity to imagine it all for myself and return to this world which I love so much. - Paul (aka BERNARD THE ELF)

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson:

The Final Empire is set in a world where the Hero of Ages, the one prophesied to defeat the greatest evil ever known... failed. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler has been a tyrant in a world of ever present ash, and that's where our underdog, Vin, lives. Every one Brandon Sanderson's books has a system of magic I've never seen before and The Final Empire is no different. Burning metals inside them to Push or Pull on objects and emotions in a diverse world of twists and intrigue, the characters are realistic and strive to do one thing above all others: Survive. - Matt (aka DASHER)

At My Table by Nigella Lawson:

Where to begin when another Nigella Lawson book graces our shelves so close to Christmas...

At My Table is not only a wonderfully thought out cook book with delectable treats waiting to be discovered within its pages, it is also a celebration of food. Nigella takes us on a journey through her latest release explaining just how important food and food culture is in a world constantly bombarded with deadlines and KPI’s. Nigella says “slow down!” and reminds us that food is to be appreciated not only for taste but also for comfort and its incredible ability to bring people together.

At My Table is not a cookbook for the Blumenthal’s of this world, but rather the home cooks who love to create fantastic food for themselves and their families. Whether it be a recipe for Nigella’s “Emergency Brownies” (I could really use one of those right about now) or something spicy like “Spanish Eggs”, Nigella has you covered. I encourage all the wonderful home cooks of this world to take a chance and explore Nigella’s latest book At My Table this Christmas, I know you won’t be disappointed! - Liam (aka COMET)

Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan:

Ruins of Gorlan is the first installment in the 12-part Ranger's Apprentice series by Australian author John Flanagan. Aimed at the teen community Ruins of Gorlan explores the adventures of Will and his mentor Halt as they strive to protect the kingdom of Araluen. John Flanagan’s Ruins of Gorlan ,while set in a fantasy universe, offers children and their parents alike opportunities to learn real life lessons. As the reader journeys with the main characters of the series they can appreciate the authors attention to detail in trying to both entertain and inform them about the trails and tribulations of growing up. This book is perfect as a stepping stone into darker themed stories and novels such as Lord of the Rings and the famous Harry Potter series. - Alex (aka BLITZEN)

Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro:

Absolutely beautiful book for all interior design lovers this Christmas. Anna Spiro's sense of colour and her eclectic style will inspire you to create a home that tells your story. Her advice, is to collect pieces that you love and have meaning to you. Anna will show you how to develop your unique sense of style with layering of patterns, adding colour, and mixing old and new furniture with confidence. I adore this book, her gratitude to family and belief in traditions. The way she brings a room together so beautifully will keep me inspired well into the New Year! - Angela (aka DANCER)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Illustrated Ed. by J.K. Rowling:

My favourite book of this year is the beautifully illustrated release of the third book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. With stunning and evocative pictures illustrated by Jim Kay, it brings the well known text of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban alive and will inspire new and old Harry Potter readers. This book is definitely one to be cherished and enjoyed by future generations. - Tabitha (aka VIXEN)

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard:

Mare was an ordinary girl like any other in her world, any other “red” that is. In this world of segregation , the world is divided into two factions, that of the powerful and political ones born into the world of “silvers", armed with god-like powers and those of the lower servant class “reds". When Mare's brothers are conscripted to be soldiers she begins to orchestrate a plan to escape from the same fate and will let nothing stand in her way. After a fateful encounter one night with a strange man , her life changes and she is hurled into the silver world and soon finds herself in the silver palace, surrounded by the imperial silvers she despises most. Being cautious of Mare's inside strength, the royalty conceal her true identity and rebirths her as a lost silver child raised in the harsh environments of poverty. When Mare realises she has a chance to make a difference, she takes every opportunity she can to collapse the society that has been chosen for her and free her fellow red servants.

The Red Queen, the first book of Victoria Aveyard's racing trilogy, draws you into the story and leaves you wanting more. It is a fast paced battle for power and justice, acting on intense emotions of love and hate. With themes of romance, betrayals, adventure and lies, it is hard to put this book down. - Merrin (aka ELF)

The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm:

I've grown up seeing through Disney's rose-tinted view of the famous Brothers Grimm tales and when I read these original tales I was absolutely enchanted. There's not a story in the book that has failed to fascinate me! I would recommend this book to readers above the age of 8 as some of the stories can get a bit dark. - Sri Maha (aka CUPID)

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Spotlight on QBD Broadmeadows


Meet our Broadmeadows team as they go under our QBD Spotlight for the first time!


Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll:

This story began with a well-to-do, ambitious, self absorbed character that I absolutely could not relate to. I was into the first chapter and almost put the book down... But there was just something intriguing about TiFani FaNelli and I needed to know why was she this way.

As I read further, I found her personality and behaviour in everyday life revolved completely around how others perceived her, she would say something to someone just to illicit a particular reaction, then smile at someone, or be rude to someone, or dress a particular way to get another specific reaction. Ani (as she had re-named herself) was a complete lie, a facade, someone she had invented so no one could she was anything except exactly what she wanted them to. For someone who wants to have complete control of every little facet of her life, she really has lost all sense of self.

How did she become like this?
Why Has she changed her name and made her whole life a performance?
What will happen when the truth comes out?

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig:

“Reasons To Stay Alive” is my favourite book of all time. Matt Haig’s writing style is rare. He has been through the battlefield of mental illness, stigma and criticism. Instead of being a typical Depression selfhelp book, Matt has told his story with a comedic voice to make it relatable. You will be laughing and crying at the truthfulness found in this masterpiece. By the last page you will have an alternative thought process to living well with a mental illness. I cannot recommed it enough for anyone suffering from Chronic Illness, Depression or Anxiety. - Cassandra

Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook:

This is a decent starting point for anyone looking to just start getting into Pokémon but it is lacking some details. For each Pokémon up to 6th Generation (out of 7) it has Pokédex entries, their typing, which region they're from, and some moves it can learn but lack Pokédex numbers, stats and abilities of Pokémon, and doesn't explain how the typings interact. It does have the pronunciation of Pokémon's names though which can be a point of conjecture.
All in all, a decent first step but will find lacking at any step afterwards except for pronunciations. - Nathan

Grimm's Complete Fairy Talesby Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm:

These classic fairy tales are short and sweet. The perfect short distraction or before bed read. As the foundation for many of our entertaining stories today, these tales are bound to entertain and creep you out, just a little. A beautiful story, with a life lesson and a touch of evil. Definitely worth a read. - Sam-Maree

Queens Of Geekby Jen Wilde:

I loved Queens of Geek. It’s a fun but emotional read that is for every pop cultural fan. It explores the notion of friendship and relationships. It’s about falling in love and letting yourself love. It’s about stepping out of that bubble and letting yourself be free. With beautiful friendships and romance, this book is one for everyone. - Angelique

The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas:

The Hate U Give is a brilliant and powerful story. It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand. The Hate U Give explores family, friendship and what is right. I wanted to cry, scream and hurt. So I beg you please pick up this book, read it, take it in and understand. - Angelique

Everything, Everythingby Nicola Yoon:

Nicola Yoon takes people on a crazy and emotional rollercoaster with her first novel Everything, Everything. Yoon's novel isn't just your ordinary forbidden love story with the predicable "sick teen" plot. Everything, Everything is a beautiful love story that you will make you unable to put down, and will leave you smiling, chuckling to then crying and massive shock. - Stacey

Wombat Stewby Marcia K Vaughan:

With fun and engaging rhythm, rhyme and repetition, Wombat Stew is an Aussie classic that will have you and your little wombats giggling and singing along as all the clever Aussie animals work together to save the wombat from the cooking pot, and make sure the sly old dingo gets what's coming to him! - Jessica

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Eastlands Top Christmas Gift Ideas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and our team in Eastlands Tasmania
have picked out their Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas just for you!

Get a load of these great reads!

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: 
The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.  A sweeping tale of politics, espionage, court intrigue, and a little bit of romance this big hardcover is perfect for Ken Follett lovers, lovers of sagas, historical fiction and magnificent writing.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur:
From Rupi Kaur, the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.  Perfect for lovers of poetry, modern literature, deep thinking, and reads that give you #feels.

Please note this title has a content warning and is not suitable for children. 

Artemis by Andy Weir:
From the author of the best seller, The Martian, comes a tale about a wise cracking smuggler on the moon. Perfect for anyone who loves science fiction, fantasy, space or just a plain good read!

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

Windfall by Jennifer .E Smith:
Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . .

Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason:
A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland. Perfect for any armchair adventurer!